Loose Lips

OCF Swats Down GOP Complaint

The Office of Campaign Finance has ruled that District politicians are free to use their constituent service funds to donate to political organizations as long as the donations aren't for political purposes. The ruling several months after the D.C. GOP charged that almost every councilmember was a rotten rule breaker for having donated constituent service funds to Democratic organizations like the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and various ward-specific Democratic groups.

OCF says that while it's true that pols donated to groups affiliated with the Democratic Party, those donations were for charitable purposes consistent with the goal of constituent service funds, which is "to support the general welfare of the residents of the District of Columbia."

Naturally, the DC GOP isn't pleased with the ruling. "OCF has a long history defending incumbent elected officials and disregarding the laws they are tasked with enforcing," says a statement from the organization.

  • skinsfan83

    Welp.... there you have it. Another L for the DC GOP while OCF gives the Council the head nod like "you owe me" the saga continues...

  • Barrie Daneker

    Well there it is...How's that working for you GOP?

  • Typical DC BS

    How shocking. The Dems controlling the Office of Campaign Finance have ruled that other Dems are OK to continue to donate to other Democratic affiliated funds using "constituent service funds" (i.e. slush funds).

    How convenient! And the District of Columbia continues showing why they will never be given statehood while the current political set-up exists.

  • samantha

    The local GOP has long ceased being th eparty of Lincoln . It is an arm of the right wing tea baggers . It represents outside vultures who have taken over to destroy the true Republican Party and replace it with racist bigotry while renting questionable candidates of every hue in DC .All self respecting Lincoln Republicans should think about registering as Independents . The Lincoln Brand no longer exisis in DC .

  • Progentrification

    samantha may be correct. That's one reason I am a registered independent since the day I registered in this town.

    The second reason is because the DC democratic political bosses routinely say "we don't like your kind around here." Pay your taxes to fund our jobs and STFU until you've lived here for 27 generations. Then maybe we'll let you into our club, if you keep your mouth shut and show us respect.

  • danmac

    Constituent funds need to be eliminated . This slush fun for use to curry favor for elected officials is another example of the corruption of our politics.

  • Kevin

    The current goal of CSFs "to support the general welfare of the residents of the District of Columbia" is overly broad and leads to the questionable expenditures that are all too common with these funds. I don't fault the GOP or the OCF here, it is the Council Members that need to take a second look at ethics reform and CSFs.